My daughter asked for a “nature cake” for her 9th birthday. I already knew I wanted to do some kind of waterfall and I happened to find a cheap pack of animals at the store which even included a couple of trees and rocks.

I used a simple from-scratch yellow cake recipe but doubled it. The bottom is a 12 inch and then two 8 inch cakes. I used chocolate icing just where I thought the next layer would go. I layered one 8″ on top of the bottom 12″. I then used a pizza cutter to trim a little off the 2nd 8″ to make the top layer and layered it on top with some more chocolate icing. I then secured the plastic rock on top with more icing.

I tinted some vanilla icing blue then started at the center of the rock and worked my way down, making sure to use a spatula to make the icing look like water flowing down. I then used chocolate icing for the rest of the cake.

Next step was the grass. I put coconut in a Ziploc baggy and added green dye until it looked like grass. Added that next to the waterfall. I then placed the animals and trees around the cake! Voila! This homemade waterfall cake actually was a whole lot simpler to do than I thought. I did not see a cake to duplicate I just kinda had a picture in my head. I think it took about two hours to decorate (but I had kids running in and out so that always adds time to projects!).